Thomson Safaris vs Signature Collection by Gate 1 - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 5
Value — 5.0
Guide — 5.0
Activities — 5.0
Lodging — 5.0
Transportation — 5.0
Meals — 5.0
Overall — 0
Value — 0.0
Guide — 0.0
Activities — 0.0
Lodging — 0.0
Transportation — 0.0
Meals — 0.0
Recent Reviews

Excellent

5.0 April 2019
T
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Thomson Safaris was an excellent choice for our Tanzania TRIP. The Safari guide Robert was terrific during our 8 day, three park tour. He was very knowledgeable about the area and all birds and mammals. The food was better than we ever expected and the accommodations just got better and better. The hike up Kilimanjaro was epic and the staff couldn't have been more helpful and well trained. I highly recommend Thomson.
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Tour Thomson Safaris Company Reviews

wonderful experience

5.0 April 2019
J
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The Deluxe Safari was a wonderful experience. The tent camps were very comfortable. The staff were courteous and well trained. The food was surprisingly good. Our safari guides, John and Omesmo, were very knowledgeable and fun. We saw a remarkable assembly of animals. There were vast herds stalked by predators. Be prepared for bumpy, dusty roads. The hot shower at the end of the day was most welcome. We took the extension to a resort on Zanzibar. It provided a relaxing, reinvigorating few days before the long plane ride home.
Our only recommendation is that you provide more durable luggage tags.
Stephen and Judith Spellman, Fargo, N
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Tour Thomson Safaris Company Reviews

Great

5.0 March 2019
M
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Great accommodations, great food, and lots of animals! A perfect trip!

Tour Thomson Safaris Company Reviews

Tours 2 Trips 1 Trip
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 509 $ 0
Operator Type Group Tour Operator Group Tour Operator
Size Local Specialist Global Operator
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Private Guided Trips
  • Group Tours
Service Level N/A Standard
Regions
  • Africa
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
Known For
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Eco Travel
  • Safari
  • 50+
  • Budget
Headquarters US Fort Washington, Pennsylvania
Year Established N/A N/A
Solo Friendly N/A N/A
Tour Languages N/A N/A
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        About Thomson Safaris

        Thomson Safaris has been organizing and leading safaris exclusively in Tanzania for over 30 years.

        What Makes Them Stand Out?

        With a strong focus in ecotourism, conservation, and sustainable practices. Local communities are an integral part of Thomson Safaris, and a safari with them will introduce you to the local people of Tanzania. Their guides are all locals and know the country extremely well. 

        Who Travels With Them?

        Thomson Safaris is open to all age groups. They offer different types of tour including Family, Private Safari, and Classic Safari, so you’re sure to find the right safari for you. Prices do tend to be on the higher end, but you are sure to get an unforgettable experience. 

        Where Do They Operate?

        They operate their safaris exclusively in Tanzania, where they have a very positive and strong relationship with the local people. An integral component of their mission is assisting with caring for the landscape, and contributing to the local communities.

        Why Travel With Them?

        Tour guides are all locals, and most have been working with Thomson for over 10 years. Besides the incredible wildlife you will experience on safari, you will also come away with a deeper cultural understand and appreciation of Tanzania and it’s people. 

        About Signature Collection by Gate 1

        A unique collection of luxury trips designed by Gate 1 travel.

        What Makes Gate 1 Signature Collection Stand Out?

        These are luxury minded trips with a local focus. Guides are all local experts, from and living in the destination you’re visiting. Each itinerary features exclusive experiences. Groups are small and each day is full of activity but well balanced.

        They focus on offering only a select group of trips in this special collection - allowing them the freedom to create truly spectacular itineraries - which include more inclusions in the price than their other collections.

        The tagline is “More Luxury for Less”. These tours may not be in same luxury travel class if you’re used to Abercrombie & Kent, however where comfort and extravagance meets fun and busy travel days of sightseeing and tours, you’ll find Gate 1 Signature Collection.

        Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Gate 1 Signature Collection?

        Those travelers who are willing to spend a little bit more for a 4-5 star experience, will probably find a sweet spot with Gate 1 Signature tours. These trips tend to be attended by older travelers, in the 50+ range.  

        Don’t expect too much strenuous activity. You can expect easy paced walks, guided tours and lectures, and stops to explore interesting cultural sites and historical attractions.

        While some of these cultural experiences, included in their “Signature Experiences”, are truly unique, be wary that many of these inclusions are fairly standard offerings - such as a hot air balloon ride over the African savannah. So the luxury experience of exclusivity you may be expecting is to be taken with a grain of salt. These tours offer wonderful experiences - but the destinations or activities are not always particularly uncommon or rare.  

        Top Destinations

        They currently don’t offer an overly extensive list of countries, but tours do go all over the world. This includes Central Europe, Spain, and the UK, Israel, Jordan and Morocco, Peru, Southeast Asia, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe.

        Gate 1 Signature Collection Travel Style

        Signature Collection tours with Gate 1 aim for comfort, ease, and unique cultural experiences. Like their other brands, Gate 1’s Signature Collection is about making sure your sightseeing is maximized, and the price is right for the experience.

        Most sightseeing, meals, wifi, tips, and their “Signature Experiences” are included in the itinerary price - unlike Gate 1’s main brand which offers less inclusions. This type of itinerary more helpful to budget travelers wishing to pick and choose which activities they would like to pay for. Gate 1 Signature Tours, however, are best suited to those who want more inclusions and less hassle to have to decide on how to spend their travel time.

        Why Choose a Tour with Gate 1 Signature Collection?

        If you’re an older traveler looking for a boutique, comfortable, and well paced tour, the Signature tours may suit you very well. Travelers love the customer service, attention to detail, and depth of knowledge the guides bring to each day on the tour. There is also a good balance of free time and optional additional sightseeing opportunities.

        All tours feature included “Signature Experiences” which are the main highlights that make the Signature Collection tours stand out from the other Gate 1 brands. These are unique excursions, usually with a strong cultural focus - such as an evening of Irish music in Galway, or a traditional dinner in the deserts of Morocco. They also often include lectures that explore a destinations history or a specific facet of the culture.

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